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The Dukes of Hazzard: In which we learn the best mechanics in the world are in Hazard County.

It’s Thursday, it’s Pilot Era time ⌚

Pilot Era

First aired: 26th January 1979

Cast:

Tom Wopat – Luke Duke

John Schneider – Bo Duke

Catherine Bach – Daisy Duke

Denver Pyle – Uncle Jesse

James Best – Sheriff Rosco Coltrane

Sorrell Brooke – Boss Hogg

Sonny Shroyer– Enos

Ben Jones – Cooter

Tisch Raye – Jill Rae Dodson

Waylon Jennings– The Balladeer

Synopsis: Hazzard Country Georgia: A balladeer sings and narrates as a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger is chasing a sheriff’s patrol car. Inside the Charger (affectionately monikered the General Lee) are bickering cousins Bo and Luke Duke. It turns out that Dukes’ friend Cooter has stolen the patrol car after his car was impounded by Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane. After Cooter crashes the car, it becomes clear that Roscoe has been bringing in slot machines.

We learn from the balladeer that Sheriff Coltrane is suffering a lot of money problems, which has left him under the thumb…

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Getting back in.

This year, I took a bit of a break from blogging. It wasn’t intentional, just life sort of gets in the way and all that. Time gets away from you.

Over February, I managed to get back up to date with Pilot Era , but nothing new has been come up with since then. I wanted to get back into writing something, maybe something personal, maybe something geeky, but something nonetheless.

Then the f***ing world ended. The Corona virus has cut a swath across the world, affected countless people and more besides. The response from many nations has been a lockdown. 80% of staff aren’t there, doors are locked, so getting in and out is a pain and I have found my mental health suffering over the increased workload and the overall increase in bad news, frightening statistics and overall sense of gloom.

How can I write about comics and recent TV shows I have enjoyed when all this is going on?

I don’t know, but I can find out. As scary as this thing is and believe me it is scary. When I have colleagues in with me, they talk about how scary this is, the underlying sense of disquiet and impending disaster. For me, that’s a Wednesday. The one upside of all this is that I know how to function when I am afraid, when all seems bleak. I have had to teach Giselle and the Disney Princess about coping techniques, including one I have found most useful. Whenever you feel overwhelmed and the walls are closing in, stop.

Speak outloud: 5 Things you can see.

4 Things you can hear

3 Things you can feel

2 Things you can smell

1 Thing you can taste.

I have used this a couple of times, since this Corona Virus thing has been headline news and I was thanked for sharing it with my colleagues who have had no experience with mental health struggles. I suppose that is going to be the next big problem. We are going to be looking at something of a mental health crisis before too long. I have felt the edges of it encroaching on me, just as they did this time last year, but now I can see it and can talk about it and hopefully head it off, the MIGHTY Rosie and SuperSam have felt effects as well, but that’s not a thing to be discussed here. My parents are well as are my brother and his family, my sister-in-law and her kids and we are in touch often enough.

It’s a strange situation we find ourselves in, but even though we are locked away from one another, we are not. In this era of social media, we can reach out to one another, we can ask how each-other are. We’ve seen sing-songs across streets, I took part in a virtual pub quiz a week or so ago and a dozen or so things aside. We feel the absence of community, but is it absent? Or has our sense of what community is changed? We are isolated, we are socially distancing ourselves, but we can still talk to one another, we can still share our stories and remind one another of hope. This is not going to last forever, we will come out of the other side of this, with the knowledge of who is actually important in society. We forget about the people who make this world run, we pay them little, we ignore them and yet when a healthcare crisis occurs, they are there.

Every Thursday at 8pm, we open our door and clap, a nationwide thunderous applause to those people on the front line of the National Health Service. Those underfunded and over worked souls who care for us, who heal us and provide aid even at their own risk. Seeing people do that, week after week has warmed my heart. I have seen people put notes through doors asking if we need things. In my own road, there have been students going home with universities closed donating the food they would leave behind to anyone who needs it. A handyman we know asking if anyone needs anything when he is out doing essential maintenance, so we can cut down on un-necessary shopping. I have read the news, seen the scum-bags who have used this crisis as an excuse to be worse, but I have seen so many people step up. Leaders fail to lead, but helpers have been helping. It’s been little things, such as printing colouring in sheets to send to people who we know that have kids to keep them entertained, face-timing with my son’s grandparents, because they miss one another and saying hello to anyone in the street, so we know we are not alone.

This is a scary time, can’t get away from that, but I genuinely believe that there is a place beyond this. I believe that this crisis will pass and we will get back to some version of normal. Maybe it’s because I need to believe that, but I believe it nonetheless. We are locked away from one another, but we are not alone. We will get through this, if you are person reading this, that means you. It is these scary times that show us who we are and who we need to be. We need to be physically distant, but socially? No we need to remind one another that we are there. If there is anyone who you can think of that you haven’t heard from in the last few days, a call or a text might mean so much more than usual.

To all those on WordPress, thank you. You have been here for me when I have needed you, something to read, a response when I have read or even just reminding me that I and my family are not as alone as we think. I have rambled, but I need to say something, to not allow this part of my life to go dark. We need to do the things that make us smile, to remind us that we still can. My favourite podcaster on his excellent show Palace of Glittering delights always ends it the same way. “It’s all going to be alright.”

You know what, I think it will be. We can look out for each other, we can care for one another and can love one another.

Now I have rambled enough, I am going to go and give the MIGHTY Rosie a cuddle, like I said do the things that make you smile.

 

 

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Starsky & Hutch: In which we learn that real men wear cardigans.

Given how negative I was over TJ Hooker, I wanted to post something about a TV that I did enjoy.

Pilot Era

First aired: 30th April 1975

Cast:

David Soul – Detective Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

Paul Michael Glaser – Detective Dave Starsky

Michael Lerner – Fat Rolly

Morgan Sterne – DA Mark Henderson

Antonia Fargas – Huggy Bear

Richard Ward – Captain Dobey

Gilbert Green – Frank Tallman

Michael Conrad – Cannell

Richard Lynch– Zane

Synopsis: San Francisco California: Two men are talking in a car, they are chatting about a John Wayne film on TV that week.  Approaching their car is a Gran Torino, cherry-red with a white stripe along the sides. A couple in the car are getting amorous inside it after parking. The two men walk to the car and shoot the couple through the window.

The next day and an identical Torino races across town and stops outside a gym. Out gets Dave Starsky who walks in and collects Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson. They get in Hutch’s car…

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T.J.Hooker – In which we learn I should be on more drugs

Another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 13th March 1982

Cast:

William Shatner – Sgt. T. J. Hooker

Richard Lawson – Officer David McNeill

Adrian Zmed – Officer Vince Romano

Brian Patrick Clarke – Officer Jess Canfield

Jo McDonnell – Officer Kelly Sanders

Deborah Shelton – Lacey Canfield

David Hedison – Saxon

Michael Horton – Parker English

Richard Heard – Capt. Dennis Sheridan

Lee Bryant – Fran Hooker

Timothy Scott – Whit

Carl W. Crudup – Travis

Synopsis: Los Angeles California: Police Academy and new recruits are being addressed by Sgt T.J. Hooker. He bellows at them about how hard this training is going to be. Later the recruits banter banter and one of them Jess pines for his wife Lacey is currently getting a dressed down from her boss DA Saxon. Back at the academy Hooker is running the recruits ragged.

An ex-con named Whit is struggling to get his life back on track…

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True Blood: In which we learn that amateur porn got a little weirder

The inevitable return of Pilot Era

Pilot Era

First aired: 7th September 2008

Cast:

Anna Paquin – Sookie Stackhouse

Stephen Moyer – ‘Vampire Bill’ Compton

Sam Trammell – Sam Merlotte

Ryan Kwanten – Jason Stackhouse

Rutina Wesley – Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer  – Detective Andy Bellefleur

Nelson Ellis – Lafayette Reynolds

Jim Parrack – Hoyt Foytenberry

Carrie Preston – Arlene Fowler

Matthew Raymond-James – Rene Lenier

William Sanderson – Sheriff Bud Dearborne

Lynn Collins – Dawn Green

Lois Smith – Adele Stackhouse

James Parks – Mack Rattray

Karina Logue – Denise Rattray

Synopsis: Rural Louisiana and a couple is driving down a country road in Louisiana, the girl is in the driver’s seat and is feeling somewhat amorous and wants some from her boyfriend, he’s keen on the idea. They spot a shop sign telling passers by that the shop sells True Blood. Though a bit of televisual exposition, we learn that vampires had  declared their existence…

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Newsroom: In which we learn that he’d get my vote.

It’s Thursday
It’s a Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 24th June 2012

Cast:

Jeff Daniels – Will McEvoy

Emily Mortimer – MacKenzie McHale

John Gallagher Jnr – Jim Harper

Alison Pill – Maggie Jordan

Thomas Sadowski – Don Keefer

Dev Patel – Neal Sampat

Sam Waterson – Charlie Skinner

Synopsis: Northwestern University and at a panel on broadcast journalism Will McEvoy is having a crisis. To his left a left-leaning reporter, to his right a right-leaning reporter and a moderator asking questions that the less controversial Will is not interested in answering. After dodging a question on his personal political leanings, Will faces a question from the audience, a young woman asks “Why is America the greatest country in the world?”

Will as badgered into giving an answer by the moderator and as he tries to get out of it, he thinks he sees someone in the audience he knows, he blinks and she’s gone, then he…

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Sex and the City: In which we learn that 20 years on, I still don’t see the appeal of Sarah Jessica Parker.

Didn’t think I’d get it done, but here’s Thursday’s Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 6th June 1998

Cast:

Sarah Jessica Parker – Carrie Bradshaw

Kim Cattrall – Samantha Jones

Kristin Davies – Charlotte York

Cynthia Nixon – Miranda Hobbs

Willie Garson – Stanford Blatch

Ben Weber – Skipper Johnston

Sarah Winter – Elizabeth

Scott Bryce – Tim

Bill Sage – Kurt Harrington

Jeffrey Nordling – Capote Duncan

Chris Noth – Mr Big

Synopsis: RCarrie Bradshaw is narrating the story of British journalist Elizabeth and American banker Tim as they begin a love affair. It’s all fairy tale, but one day Tim stops returning her calls. This casual end to what felt like a real relationship to Elizabeth leaves her cold and embittered as she tells the story to Carrie, who is adapting it for her column called Sex in the City. We now get a bunch of talking heads cut scenes with men and women pontificating about love and relationships. This highlights…

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Thinking Thoughts on a Thursday 15: Forward is the only direction

I am not in work today.

There’s no childcare issues, no illness and not even time with the MIGHTY Rosie.

No I am off work because I had some teeth taken out yesterday. At three o’clock I was in a chair and doped up. It’s been the culmination of quite a weird week.

It started on Friday with an interview at the Asperger’s dept of Liverpool Hospital. I was there with my mother, since she has known me as both boy and man. I was there because I am not always the man I should be and about a year or so ago, I was not doing my best. It was suggested that I look into where I might be on the autism spectrum. I don’t know that I agreed, but in the cold light of day, I can see what my wife meant and even at my worst I respected her insight into my state of mind, since I couldn’t always trust that I saw things clearly. I forgot about it after that, until December when the referral came through. I moved it to when it was more convenient and went on Friday.

It was a long and drawn out interview, I and my mum had to answer lots of questions, on a wide variety of topics. It left the interviewer with the clear indication that I was not at the diagnosable part of the autism spectrum. So clearly I am just an arse.

One thing did come up though, there was a time when my mental state changed, which caused my self esteem  and confidence to suffer. At 12 years old I went to a new school and that was an isolating experience, since all of my friends went to different schools. I made a couple of new friends, but by 15/16 they had turned their backs on me. I was told that I likely had something of  a depressive episode that caused what I was informed something of a lost decade. The transitional period between 15-25 didn’t pan out for me quite so well and I went from a well balanced kid to a withdrawn and depressed one. I didn’t know, no one did and to be honest, withdrawn and moody doesn’t seem alien to anyone who has a teenager in their family does it? I was coming out of it in the years before I met the MIGHTY Rosie and more mental health stuff has happened since, but that was a bit of a bombshell to hit both me and the woman that raised me with.

It answered questions and raised others and  I may spend more time since dealing with this and unpacking it all, but it reinforced that I truly did grow up in a house full of love and support and that’s not changed, my mum and dad are there for me even now I live across town with the family I have made since. It also shows me that I still live in house full of love as all I have had is support from the MIGHTY Rosie and I am in a better place than I have ever been before. There’s nothing to change because of this and all it’s done is make my past clearer, it’s excused nothing or given me anything to blame. I don’t want that. The reasons that I had this referral are being addressed and  I am more engaged with my life than before and the MIGHTY Rosie and I are more of a team than ever, but it was touch and go for a while and have had to put the work in. Love is really easy to be in, but relationships aren’t, you really do need to do the work and let those you love know that you love them. Not in word, but in deed.

That should be enough for some, but I had to add some shit on there. After years of putting it off and years more of neglect, I have finally sorted out appointments to sort out my fucked up teeth. Yesterday, several of them had to be removed. I have only myself to blame there and it’s my fear and shame that have prevented me from getting this done earlier. As time went on, this fear grew bigger and it eclipsed the health benefits of getting this sorted, as well as being able to smile again, freely and wide.

But as I have faced everything else, I faced this too and finally made the appointments. Most people won’t see this as a thing and will be amazed that I ever let myself get in such a way that teeth would need removing, but I can only be who I am and can only have done what I did. This was my owning up to my failures and facing my fears. I did it for the MIGHTY Rosie, who needs to see a smile she once knew. I did it for my son, so he can see what facing your fears looks like, what owning up to your problems looks like and what can happen if you don’t look after your teeth. But really, above it all, I did it for me.

I don’t deserve to live the way I have made myself live and I needed to get this done, now I have pain and swelling in my mouth, but this feels so good to have done. I have another appointment in two weeks and then I have to go through the process of false teeth to restore my smile. I have a lot more work to do both physically and mentally, but doing this makes all of it seem doable.

I could not have done any of this without the MIGHTY Rosie, my parents or SuperSam.

There’s more to be done, more to be said and I want to thank you internet people for being here when I say it.

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So Sayeth the Odinson: Why Mike Grell’s Warlord Would Make a Fantastic TV Series

An excellent post from a blogger who always has something interesting to say.
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Greetings from the Odinson,

Recently, I mentioned in passing to a colleague that Mike Grell’s Warlord would make a great TV series, especially with the modern era of high quality television and streaming services. My co-worker responded that he did not know the material well enough to have an opinion.

In my enthusiasm, I tried to describe it as Burroughs’ on steroids, a mash up of sword and sorcery, science fiction, swashbuckling adventure and, just for good measure, dinosaurs! It would be a visual goldmine. Plus, Travis Morgan, the protagonist, is a normal man, kind of like Flash Gordon on Mongo.

Unfortunately, he was not impressed. Maybe I did not do a good job of explaining the material, so I’m going to try to rectify that here.

Why Mike Grell’s Warlord Would Make a Fantastic TV Series

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